HONOLULU – Teams searching the waters off Hawaii where two Marine helicopters crashed have had no luck so far in their hunt for 12 missing crew members.
Three of the four life rafts aboard the helicopters have been recovered and efforts were being made to retrieve the fourth. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers said Monday that some of the rafts were inflated, but it was unclear how they got that way.
There is no indication that anyone was aboard the rafts, based on their condition and the lack of any personal effects, she said.
WATCH: As monster surf continued to pound the North Shore, military and county aircraft scoured the sea by air as Navy and Coast Guard vessels combed the ocean for any sign of twelve missing Marines
Monday was the fourth day of searching. Conditions have improved since the start of the search, with much smaller waves.
Various agencies have been searching above water, below water and along the shoreline since the Coast Guard was notified late Thursday by a civilian who saw the aircraft flying and then saw a fireball.
The Marines were alerted when the CH-53E helicopters carrying six crew members each failed to return to their base at Kaneohe Bay following a nighttime training mission. Hours later, a Coast Guard helicopter and C-130 airplane spotted debris 2 1/2 miles off of Oahu.
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